MyBinding Knowledge Base
How to Laminate Photographs
Do you have a lot of special photographs that you want to enjoy for years to come? If so, laminating them is a great idea. Laminating your photographs will protect them from spills, make them tear-proof, and the colors can even be enhanced. There are a couple of ways you can do this. Here they are:
1. Use a pouch laminator.
If you have a pouch laminator with a cold setting, you can definitely use it to process your photographs. You will need to use the cold setting because heat can damage the photos, especially if they were printed on an ink-jet printer.
- To laminate your photos, turn on the laminator and select the cold setting.
- Place your picture in a pressure-sensitive pouch and put it in the machine’s feed opening. (The folded edge of the pouch needs to go in first.)
- Just repeat the process for the other photos you want to laminate.
- If you used a pouch that was too large for your photo, just trim the excess film with a craft knife or rotary trimmer.
2. Use self-sealing pouches.
If you don’t have an access to a pouch laminator, you can always use self-sealing pouches. Using these pouches is incredibly easy.
- After you choose your pouch, just place your picture in it and remove the liner to expose the adhesive.
- Apply the laminate to the photograph, making sure there are no bubbles or wrinkles. That’s all there is to it.
Finally, you might want to use laminating pouches that offer UV protection. Sunlight can cause your photos to fade over time and pouches with UV protection can prevent this from happening. Also, matte pouches are a nice choice for photos because they reduce glare.
Laminating your photographs is easy and it’s one of the best ways to make them last longer. Try laminating yours today.
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